Whole Foods Workers Investigating Unionization


Workers at 490 stores under the Whole Foods Market banner have been urged to participate in a drive for union affiliation. The group noted the desire to “collectively voice our concerns to Whole Foods Market and Amazon leadership.”

The movement follows protests and strikes in Germany, Spain and Poland in late July demanding that Amazon provide health benefits, job safety and improved pay and working conditions.

The move towards unionization in Whole Foods Market is supported by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and efforts have been intensified since acquisition by Amazon.

A point of contention is that workers are no longer eligible to receive stock options although it is alleged that store manager are still participating in a program established in 1992. Workers regard this potentially discriminatory policy as “insulting and unethical”.